The Baroque Punk Blazer – The Beauty of Stitches

Today we’ve got another very exciting collaboration project I’ve just been dying to share with you. We had great fun on our last collaboration, the Clockwork Natura Gown, and we wanted to keep pushing ourselves. This time, I wanted to not only see not only how machine embroidery could be applied to traditional fashion, but also to experiment with just what machine embroidery does best: stitch dimension.

So often we rely on design’s bold colors and outlining to define themselves, but real embroidery can do much more than that. Stitches alone offer a sculptural quality that when utilized, can bring a design to life just through their directions and fills. When looking back at embroidery through the ages, I was particularly inspired by the ornate qualities of the Baroque period. I thought it the perfect example of a “tapestry” of stitches and depth.

The test then, is to remove everything but stitch direction, and pull out a design that offers something only this kind of embroidery can… a deep and wonderful texture all of its own.

The Baroque Punk series is all about juxtapositions. The designs themselves are in a classic, ornate style, reflective of embroideries of old. The art itself, though, offers a twist on the theme, as they are heavily inspired by the alternate stylings of classic tattoos: sparrows, skulls, roses, and pistols. The jacket itself had to be a mix of these contradictions.

To pull such a thing to life, Urban Threads teamed up with Minneapolis designer Laura Fulk, whose highly acclaimed apparel has won multiple national awards and walked countless midwest catwalks. Laura wove together a beautifully tailored and modern jacket, juxtaposed with the raw edges of patchworked and hand-dyed fabrics. The embroidery itself was layered on top of the appliqued pieces, creating a rich tapestry and raw texture on top of a sharply tailored outfit.

The result, we think, is pretty awesome mix of styles.

The detail of the embroidery relies only on stitch direction and stitch type. Flat fills are mostly overlaid with thick satins, a stitch that offers beautiful dimension and depth in the light. Each design was crafted so it would both let the design be read clearly and catch the light from different angles.

The Baroque Punk  series comes in a variety of sizes, so even those with small hoops can recreate this larger tapestry effect by laying out these designs in one seamless piece. Place designs next to each other, and mirror others, to create a full collage of beautifully stitched designs. It doesn’t take a giant hoop to create a grand effect.

Most of all, the aim of this project is to get people to reevaluate what they think machine embroidery can do. If you play to it’s strengths and combine it with some seriously sweet design skill, it can really shine, and I hope to see it on more projects like this.

Given all that, one must give some mad props to the team of talent was pulled together to bring this project to life. None of this of course would have had such a gorgeous tapestry to live on if it weren’t for the stylings and skill of fashion designer Laura Fulk, who designed, dyed and stitched this whole jacket together in an amazingly short amount of time. The images were shot by photographer Burt Edwards, with model Lucie Mulligan rocking the look. Rockstar stylist Sara Capers, who made me look awesome for our last shoot, showed just what she can do to turn an updo into a mowhawk. We were all suitably impressed.

In all, this collaboration was a blast. I just love how the embroidery looks on this jacket, and it’s given me all kinds of ideas on where it can go next. From the machine to the catwalk and beyond, I hope.

Want to see just what you can do with the designs? Grab them all right here!

P.S.  Curious about the project? Stay tuned; on Monday we’ll have an exclusive behind the scenes post on the making of this gorgeous jacket.


This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.
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35 Responses to “The Baroque Punk Blazer – The Beauty of Stitches”

  1. 1
    Jean Creates says:

    wow…. Love it! This blog is opening a whole new world of machine embroidery to me… Thank goodness it’s not just cute bears and angels…LOL!

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    mari says:

    OMG…Just Beautiful! Wonderful collaboration! Keep ideas coming…love it! 🙂

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    stitchfork says:

    Brilliant and stunning!
    Love it!

  4. 4
    Julie says:

    Absolutely breathtaking!!! Can’t stop staring at it!!

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    Shannon says:

    Fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see how this piece of art was put together.

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    Michelle says:

    Love it……..finally something the younger generation can get inspired with!

    • Milodragovich says:

      Don’t think for one minute we Baby Boomers aren’t inspired by cutting edge embroidery! This website and its patterns are awesome.

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    Cherrylmaree says:

    Simply Stunning work from everyone.

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    Chardicraft says:

    Wow, the jacket is beautiful! Great job!

  9. 9
    Kathleen says:

    Really really lovely designs!!!
    I have heaps off idea’s, please keep on delivering beautifull designs..

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    Dee says:

    The jacket is beautiful! But, how was her hair done!?! Please, post a tutorial! The perfect style to top off such a great jacket!

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    kristi says:

    I want this jacket…how do I buy it, I know I can’t make it! lol

  12. 12
    Giliell says:

    So, now I need a second-hand jeans-coat for my daughter…

  13. 13
    VickiT says:

    Wow. That is a gorgeous set of designs and the coat looks amazing. Just BEAUTIFUL!

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    Renee says:

    The jacket is pretty stunning, but I have to say I really want the hair!!
    I’m loving the pairing of the embroidery and garment design feature.

    But, whoever did the hair is amazing!

  15. 15

    WOW! Amazingly beautiful and rich. All the designs are so gorgeous that any one of them would be a great adornment to any clothing by themselves. Looks wonderful.

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    Clem says:

    What is amazing is this.. as I am studying the designs and the entire effect, I realize that the hair do mimics the the swirls and curls of the skull. Great Work.. love it

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    Odette Nelson says:

    So beautiful. The texture looks amazing. A bit of stump work would work here. Someone,at last, thinking outside the box. Lovely model, but how would it look on a normal lady, say, size ‘medium'(In the UK it used to mean 14-16, but now means 10-12)? I prefer the former….!

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    Suzanne Goudezeune says:

    This is sooooooo beautiful! I can’t wait to try this out!

  20. 20

    Every time I look at this jacket-I LOVE IT more. Fantastic job.

  21. 21
    Debbie says:

    What a rich imagination you all are blessed with!! Keep up the outstanding work !! Love the jacket!!

  22. 22
    Nikki says:

    Awesome,,embroidery and also the jacket,,, I do love the hairstyle as well..Keep up the good work

  23. 23
    Kim says:

    Honestly, I just love this jacket……I’m much older than you young ladies, and people would probably freak with my dark side if I wore it to work, but let me take that wild walk with me…….I want to do this anyway for fall/winter. Can you post a tutorial on the layout of the designs on this jacket?? I believe someone else had asked about this as well??

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    Pia Jacobs says:

    Hte Blaser is very lovely. I love Urban Treats.

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    Kim says:

    Closest thing I can find to a tutorial on this one, if anyone is interested, is in the archives. Just happen to trip over it. Just what I needed for that denim laying around. It is screaming new jacket with lots of embroidery to be laid out on it – yeah……..great work guys.

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    Linda DeFeo says:

    I Love your designs! I can’t wait to get started again. I was on hold for a year and I get such inspiration on your website. Great Job to all of you! Linda Love Love Love

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    Sharon Tilden says:

    When will you post a tutorial on making the Baroque Punk Blaser? I LOVE IT! Does the designer offer the jacket pattern?


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    liz says:

    wow what a stunning jacket – love the style and the embroidery just makes the whole scene perfect

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    Amy Szemkus says:

    I want the pattern to that jacket, though I see a tag, but that jack rules, the embroidery makes it omnipotent.

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    Carlos Sandoval says:


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    PattyM says:

    I would LOVE to see a “pack” with the fabric and tutorial to make this! it is beautiful! Been sewing since I was 6, but the world of machine embroidery is just opening up to me 🙂

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    Melinda says:

    The “Behind the Scenes” article for this amazing jacket is at

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    Rieann says:

    Only found your site a couple of weeks ago. Purchased the butterfly collection and love it, stitches out so beautifully.

    Found the blog, and love that you feature garment patterns as well as embroidery designs. So inspiring. Can’t wait to start using all my wonderful purchases for your sale today.

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    IMNRTST says:

    WoW! Amazing site and tips and you! Finally! A sight that is not ‘granny crafts’ stitching!!! THANK YOU!!!

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